These shocking photos reveal the disgusting state of Britain’s streets thanks to fly-tippers who are illegally dumping rubbish at great cost to taxpayers.
Images from across the country show piles of waste – including dirty mattresses, broken-down white goods, obsolete electronics and industrial waste – dumped by those who apparently couldn’t be bothered to dispose of it responsibly.
Some mounds of rubbish are left in the middle of roads or pavements, posing a great danger to motorists and pedestrians as councils try to tackle the epidemic.
Local authorities spent more than £57million in a year clean up messes left behind by offenders, and the government is trying to help them with new fines to crack down on fly-tipping.
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Last week, the Mirror exclusively reported a dramatic rise in fly-tipping cases, with nearly 650,000 incidents across five cities since 2013.
More than 60,000 mattresses illegally dumped across nine cities in the past five years.
Liverpool was England’s dumping capital.
And research warned that landfill sites will overflow within four years if nothing is done to stem the quantity of rubbish being sent there.
There are calls for a new approach to waste education, tougher fines and CCTV in problem areas to discourage fly-tippers.
In Bristol, residents have complained about a rat infestation due to “relentless” fly-tipping that is blighting neighbourhoods.
Photos published by BristolLive show trolleys filled with rubbish, including rolled carpets, piles of bricks and industrial waste.
Local resident Helen Ashley, who reported about 50 incidents last year, said: “Not only does fly-tipping make BS5 look unwelcoming and dirty, it also creates issues with hygiene and accessibility.
“I have seen rats and mice in the street around open bin bags which have been dumped, and people are struggling to walk – much less push a pram or use a wheelchair – down the streets.
“It just seems relentless. Every other day we find new sites where rubbish has just been dumped, which can make living here feel really unpleasant at times. “
She added: “At the moment I think the attitude is that anyone can get away with it.”
Bristol City Council said it has a special project to clean up waste and its enforcement team is using a new system which gives them better access to complaints.
In Stoke-on-Trent, nearly two-thirds of fly-tipping incidents reported last year – more than 3,800 – took place in back alleyways amid a drop in recorded cases for the first time in five years, StokeonTrentLive reports.
In the West Midlands, Walsall Council launched a ‘most wanted’ page on its website, showing images of alleged fly-tippers who were seen on camera and encouraging people to submit tips, the Birmingham Post reported.
Mike Bird, leader of Walsall Council said: “This is just another weapon in our armoury to combat the scourge of fly tipping affecting the borough.”
Last month, a fly-tipper dumped an armchair, double bed, wood and toys on a Middlesbrough street just days after Christmas.
CCTV showed the driver and passenger of a flatbed truck dumping the items under the cover of darkness on December 27, TeessideLive reports.
New penalties to crack down on fly-tipping came into force on Monday.
Any householder to fails to pass on their waste to a licensed carrier and whose waste is found fly-tipped could face penalties of up to £400.
Serious fly-tipping offences could lead to a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.
Nick Oettinger, managing director of the Furniture Recycling Group, said fly-tipping cost councils in England more than £57million in 2016-17 while budgets are being squeezed.
In its exclusive report last week, the Mirror reported that mattresses – which are difficult and costly to dispose of – made up 13 per cent of the waste illegally dumped over the five years from 2013.
In England, enough waste to fill the Empire State Building 10 times over was packed into the ground in 2017.
The fly-tipping total in London over five years was 366,087 with Manchester on 91,115.
But based on population, Liverpool was England’s dumping capital, with the equivalent of 15 per 100 of the city’s inhabitants being involved in an incident – a total of 74,909 dumpings.
Leicester, Sheffield and Newcastle were next, each with a fly-tipping rate of nine incidents per 100 of the population. Leeds was fifth at seven in 100.
Landfill sites will overflow within four years if nothing is done to stem the quantity of rubbish being sent there, Furniture Recycling Group’s research found.